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    registry editing disabled

    I tried to run TeakUI on a PC the other day and got a "TweakUI has been disabled by your administrator" message, like wise I got "Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator" when I then tried to run Regedit.

    The PC was bought as a package with Win ME pre-installed and doesn't seem to have a master CD with it so I guess this is something the OEM has done but is there a way around this? The reason for running TweakUI or digging in the registry was to hide the desktop icon for Outlook.

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    Re: registry editing disabled

    Who is the "Administrator" ??? If you didn't set up the machine, you might need to ask the person who did.

    You might try this tip... If you choose to display hidden files in the folder options it has no impact on the protected files they will still remain hidden. To display all the files in a my computer window, click Tools/Folder Options/View and uncheck 'hide protected operating system files'. I found it here. Or take a look here to see if it sheds some light on this problem.
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    Re: registry editing disabled

    <hr>Who is the "Administrator"<hr>

    That's the crunch question, it's a stand alone PC that has never been part of network and doesn't (never has had) have multiple users. Last night I finally struck gold with Google and found http://forum.gladiator-antivirus.com/index...showtopic=12925 which includes this:
    <hr>Copy and paste the following to Notepad and save it as "regedit.inf".
    Find the file in Windows Explorer or My Computer, right-click and select "Install". You may have to restart the computer for the change to take effect.

    [version]
    signature=$chicago$
    [defaultinstall]
    delreg=regedit
    [regedit]
    HKCU,SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPolicie sSystem,"DisableRegistryTools"
    HKLM,SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPolicie sSystem,"DisableRegistryTools"
    [End]<hr>

    That unlocked things and I was able to TweakUI to my hearts content.

    I'm still not sure if this feature was deliberately set by the OEM to prevent people like me, who know enough to be dangerous, from messing things up that can't be fixed without a master CD or if, as suggested by other sites I Googled through, that it's a hangover from a virus. In case your wondering a full scan with a bang up to date Norton AV 2004 found nothing.

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    Re: registry editing disabled

    Good find !!! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15> Glad you were able to work it out !! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> And BTW.... Thanks for sharing ! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15>
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    Re: registry editing disabled

    Two heads are better than one, your link to About:Blank malware is valuable too, I hadn't found that in my search for an answer. I'll definitly follow up that angle, another job for Adaware...

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